Anchored has a new schedule; I will be posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays now. Monday’s no longer work for me.
So, what shall I be talking about today? Ah, yes, boredom. We all have experienced boredom at one point in our life. While some boredom is temporary and can be fixed, some other types of boredom are more severe.
We can get bored sometimes with things; life, the daily rat race, food, and so on. As an introvert, plus the way I am wired, I have two levels in the boredom category. I will either get bored, really easily, or I find entertainment in the most unusual way.
This past weekend I was (and still am) sick. And Saturday morning I was sitting on the couch, completely still, holding the giant Koala bear I got for Christmas. And I was doing everything within my power not to reproduce the meager amount of apple sauce I just ate.
I entertained myself by going into my head and praying and thinking of lots of positive thoughts. And while I watched the cars go by, I slipped slowly into boredom.
Later I got thinking about boredom, as I’ve said; In life, we can get bored with many things. For me, I get bored with food. Being gluten-intolerant, my choices are limited and bland, so it can get boring really fast.
We can excuse some of our boredom, but what happens when our faith becomes boring? When we are stuck in a rut of motions that we do automatically, not thinking or caring that something needs to be done.
Unfortunately, but the truth is, at one point in our Christian lives, we go through a “dry spell”. Our devotions and walk with Christ get pushed to the side and it stays there.
Our new has become old. And when that happens, it is time to go back to the beginning. And I’m not talking about Genesis, I am talking about 1 Corinthians 5:17.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
When you become a believer, a follower of Jesus Christ, everything changes. That’s what it says “all things become new”, all things change.
There are four specific ways we change when we become believers. The first is you are in Christ. This phrase ‘in Christ’ is used to describe those who have been born into God’s family by trusting in Christ’s death on the cross for their sin.
The first change for those who have trusted in Christ for salvation involves a change in standing. We move from being dead in sins to being alive in Christ.
Romans 8:1 says
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
When we accept Christ into our hearts, we become a part of God’s family. Sin has no more control over us, we now have the power of Christ in us.
The next way we change is we become a new creation.
he is a new creation
Upon beginning your life in Christ, you also become a brand-new person…a new creation.
The man who is writing this verse is the apostle Paul. He knew what he was talking about. Before he became the apostle Paul, before he was in Christ. He was the Jewish leader, the Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus, the one who was the persecutor of those in Christ.
Saul opposed Christianity. He was responsible for throwing them in prison. When he had the chance to be involved in the process, he voted to kill Christians, he punished them, forced them to blaspheme their Savior, he persecuted them because he was ‘exceedingly enraged’ against them.
I can’t imagine anyone being more opposed to Christianity, how can you explain this man becoming a servant of Christ? The simple explanation is he became a new creation.
When a person comes to faith in Christ, the person changes too. They are no longer the person they used to be. That’s what the rest of the verse is about – it describes the total transformation of those who trust Christ.
Your old life passes away.
old things have passed away;
The tense of the verb points back to a definite moment or event. For Paul, he became a new creation when he was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians.
Acts 9 tells of Saul conversion
3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
Right there on the road, Saul changed, he became Paul, later on, he would then become a missionary and led hundreds of people to Christ.
Not every conversion is nearly as dramatic but if there has been a genuine conversion, there was a specific point in time when old things passed away.
And finally. When you trust everything becomes new.
all things have become new.
Here the idea is that it all started becoming new at a certain point but everything continues to become new.
This describes the growing Christian, all the time learning more and more about what is new.
You get a new life; your new-found faith affects every aspect of your life.
For some, we trusted Christ as our Savior when we were a child, and we did change, but we have just gotten used to it. You need to remind yourself regularly to appreciate your privileged position in Christ.
So, has the new gotten old?
Is it time to renew your life with Christ? We are new creations when we trust Christ, and we tend to forget about this. We get used to it, maybe even a little bored with it. But we have a gift; the gift of God’s salvation. When we have Christ inside us, we have an unlimited source of mercy, grace, love, wisdom, and power. How can that be boring?
Use it. Remember who you are.
A New Creation.